I read Honolulu and The Joy Luck Club. Both are Asian countries so it was interesting to see the common themes of the immigration experience for Asian women.
What seems to be the common American dream of becoming rich beyond your wildest imaginations was mentioned in both books. However, for the women of both books the American dream was
something more - independence. I think both books can be best explained by a quote from The Joy Luck Club. "In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you." In both books the Asian women are very submissive and dominated by their family when they are young and their husbands when they are older. Their decisions were always made by someone else. In America they had an opportunity to make their own choices and change their own lives.